The first Calusa Cup ended with a boom on Tuesday.
The Oklahoma men’s golf team pulled out for the title at the Calusa Pines Golf Club in Naples, then the Sooners – Boomer Sooner is their rallying cry – set off the club’s booming cannon in celebration.
“Calusa Pines is just a phenomenal golf course, and for us to come here and win you have to really manage your golf ball and do great things on the putting surface,” said the Oklahoma coach. , Ryan Hybl. “Our guys have been doing a really great job all week. From start to finish, we kept hanging on, hanging on. We had some great last two rounds, which is always quite fun to finish that way.
Oklahoma, ranked No.2 in the country by Golfstat, shot a 282 final round for a three-day total of 859 and an eight-stroke victory over No.41 Georgia Tech. Florida State, number one, was third, one stroke behind the Yellow Jackets at 868. Florida and Texas were fourth in the nine-team tournament with 875.
“The course was amazing,” said Quade Cummins of Oklahoma, who finished ninth – one of three Sooners to finish in the top 10. “We don’t get such conditions in Oklahoma. Just being able to come here with a great peloton, to be able to face the best teams in the country, it’s always fun to be able to win tournaments.
A Seminole walked away with something.
Senior John Pak, playing his last regular season tournament, clocked a 5-under-67 score on the national ranking track and won the medal honors by one stroke with a total of 5 under 211, a better than Logan McAllister of the Sooners. It was his ninth career victory, tying the school record.
“It’s been a pretty big week for me, it’s my last regular season event,” said Pak. “I was still below the FSU record at eight years old, and it only matched. It means everything because the state of Florida is where I call home and it is so important to me.
“I just stayed really patient. I didn’t attack the pins that I didn’t need. I played on the fast side of the green and then when I had the chance I landed a good corner kick and converted, made good putts.
Christo Lamprecht of Georgia Tech and Pierceson Coody of Texas were third at 213. Coody is a grandson of former PGA Tour player and 1971 Masters champion Charles Coody.
Jonathan Brightwell of Oklahoma was fifth at 215 with first-round leader Joe Pagdin of Florida, Brett Roberts of Florida State and Alex Schaake of Iowa, who tied Pak’s 67s.
None of Napoli’s connections – Ryan Hart of Florida or James Tureskis of Florida State – have played for their respective teams.
“A disappointing week for us, but it’s been a great tournament, a phenomenal golf course and really tough greens for these guys,” Gators coach JC Deacon said. “It should be a great preparation for us going forward. We haven’t made enough birdies this week so we have to be a little better.
Iowa hosted the tournament and head coach Tyler Stith thanked Calusa Pines owner Gary Chensoff, general manager Walt Kozlowsky, and head professional Mike Balliet and member Bradley Heinrichs, a former member of the Iowa, for helping the event unfold after two years of planning.
“It’s really nice to share Calusa with the young people who will lead our golf industry for the next 25 years,” said Chensoff. “It’s fun to share.
“I would like this to continue, and yes, it will evolve into something very, very special.”